4th Annual QED Conference on Sustainable Finance


David Veredas

Partner and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance at Vlerick Business School

He is also director of the Vlerick’s Center for Sustainable Finance, and guest professor at the University of Ghent. For more than 20 years he has developed teaching and research expertise in risk management, sustainable finance, and insurance. His knowledge ranges from the regulation of the financial service industry to mathematical finance, which he uses for both teaching and research. He teaches risk management, sustainable finance, insurance, and statistics in Masters, MBA, DBA, and executive education. He publishes regularly in international peer-review journals and he is a usual writer of policy documents and opinion pieces in general public media. Moreover, he has trained 14 PhD and DBA students, and 6 post-docs so far. Professor Veredas is an elected member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, member of the finance committee at the King Baudouin Foundation, and a founding member of the Society for Financial Econometrics (based at Stern School of Business in New York). He holds a BA in Economics, a BA in Statistics from University Carlos III de Madrid, a MA and a PhD in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain.


Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath

Bankwatch Strategic Area Leader and Senior Policy Officer

Fidanka joined Bankwatch in 2004 as a Balkan coordinator and became an EBRD campaign coordinator in 2010. She holds an Environmental Science and Policy degree from the Central European University and an Environmental Law degree from Queens University, Belfast.

Emmanuel Buttin

Policy Officer, Unit B2 – Sustainable Finance, DG FISMA, European Commission

He co-led the Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy and also works in the secretariat of the International Platform on Sustainable Finance (IPSF). Mr. Buttin is on a secondment from the Banque de France, where he has been a policy expert since 2016, working on green finance and supporting the secretariat of the Network of central banks and supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS). Mr. Buttin also held a teaching position in economy at the Université de Paris Descartes. Mr. Buttin holds a Master in Public Affairs from Sciences Po Paris.

Alain Deckers

Head of Unit C1 – Corporate Reporting, Audit & Credit Rating Agencies, DG FISMA, European Commission

Alain Deckers has over 20 years of experience in public service at the European Commission. He has been responsible for policy reviews and policy development in areas including trade in goods, environmental policy, public procurement and financial services regulation. He currently heads a team of responsible for corporate reporting, including both financial and non-financial reporting; audit; and credit rating agencies as part of DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the European Lab@EFRAG Steering Group. Alain graduated in physics and holds a masters in the economics of technical change, both from the University of Manchester (UK).

Albane Demblans

Deputy Head B2 – Sustainable Finance, DG FISMA, European Commission

Albane Demblans has held several positions at the European Commission, in the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, at the Secretariat-General and at the Joint Research Centre. Albane Demblans also teaches at the College of Europe in Bruges. In terms of background, she holds Master’s degrees from ESCP Business School, Sciences Po Paris and the College of Europe.

David Henry Doyle

Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa S&P Global

David leads S&P Global’s Government Affairs team in the EMEA region and coordinates ESG engagement with policymakers globally. He sits on the leadership team of S&P Global Sustainable1. Prior to joining S&P Global, he was Head of Financial Services at an international consulting firm specialising in financial regulation, communications, and investor relations. In 2014, he was named by Financial News as one of the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Trading and Technology. David has also worked in a leading European think tank and international organization. In 2021, he was selected to be an international advisor to the Irish government on its Financial Services Strategy. David is the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU’s Sustainable Finance Task Force. He is also a member of the High Level Group on Financing Sustainability Transition. He holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin and Cambridge University.

Angélique Laskewitz

Executive Director, VBDO

Executive Director of VBDO: the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development. She held various roles in change management, Human Recources and governance-related management and consulting roles at financial services providers such as RVS, AMEV, Fortis Bank Netherlands, BNP Paribas Fortis and ASR Netherlands. As a sideline she started her own consultancy practice Angélique Laskewitz Management & Consultancy (ALMC).

Anna Driggs

Director and Associate Chief Counsel, Global Funds Policy at Investment Company Institute

Anna Driggs is director and associate chief counsel with ICI Global in London, working on policy issues that affect the fund industry, including sustainable finance and retirement savings. Previously, she led the Investment Company Institute’s global retirement savings initiatives from Washington, DC, facilitating a global dialogue around ageing, the retirement system design, and the role that mutual funds can play in long-term saving. Before joining the Institute in 2007, Driggs worked in private law practice. She has an EMBA from Oxford Saїd Business School, a JD, with honors, from the University of Washington School of Law, and a BA, magna cum laude, from Gonzaga University. She also studied at the Linguistical University in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Ilan Jacobs

Director, EMEA Government Affairs

Ilan joined Citi’s Global Government Affairs team in February 2015. An expert in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) regulation and policy, Ilan will regularly writes and speaks on ESG developments, creating Citi’s thought leadership and representing Citi at client, trade association and policymaker events. Prior to joining Citi, Ilan spent over eight years in a variety of roles at GE, where he was responsible for Government Affairs and Policy for GE Capital across Europe. Ilan is currently Vice Chair of the Financial Services Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union and Co-Chair of the International Regulatory Strategy Group’s (IRSG) Sustainable Finance Taxonomy Working Group. Outside of work, Ilan is the Chair of Governors of Alma Primary, a local school in the London Borough of Barnet, where he lives with his wife and 2 daughters.

Chris Muyldermans

Head EU Affairs, Corporate Public Affairs KBC Group NV

Christiane Muyldermans works analyzing regulatory change and forthcoming legislation in Belgium and EU impacting KBC Group ( i.e. KBC Bank, KBC Asset Management, KBC Insurance) and its clients. In this capacity, she represents KBC before European and Belgian policy-making bodies, in trade associations and other leading policy circles in Europe. Previously she has Head of Policy Advice , Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs analyzing regulatory change and forthcoming legislation in Belgium and EU impacting KBC Asset Management and its clients. In this capacity, Chris represented KBC Asset Management before EU and Belgian policy-making bodies, in trade associations and other leading policy circles in Europe. In addition, between 2010 and 2011 she developed her role as Head of the UCITS_IV Program KBC Asset Management.

Sirpa Pietikäinen

Member Of European Parliament

Sirpa Pietikäinen is a member of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament. She is a former Minister of the Environment in Finland (1991-1995), and a Member of the parliament from 1983 to 2003 and Member of the European Parliament since 2008. At the European Parliament, Ms Pietikäinen is a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Women’s Right and Gender Equality Committee, and a substitute member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. Within her work, she seeks to combine her two specialities, that of environment and economics. Ms Pietikäinen is a strong advocate of a transition to a circular economy and sustainable finance, and served as the lead negotiator on behalf of European Parliament and the EPP group on the first Sustainable Finances legislative initiatives, Disclosure and Taxonomy Regulations as well as on the Parliament's Own Initiative Report on Sustainable Finance. A graduate from the Helsinki School of Economics, Ms. Pietikäinen holds MSc in Business, and teaches university courses on negotiations theory and practices. She is active in several organisations, her positions of trust including Chairmanship of the Globe EU.